Résumé Writing

Looking for work? You’ll need a resume! We’ve got some tips to help you create a great resume.

 

What is a Resume?

A RESUME SHOWS WHO I AM, WHAT I HAVE DONE AND WHAT I CAN DO.

What do I put in my resume?

You might like to include:

Full Name
Contact Details
Education and Training
Work History
Skills, Abilities and Interests
Referees
Availability

How can I make my resume work well for me?

Here are some tips for writing a good resume:
 
  • Keep your format simple and easy to read

  • Make sure your contact details are up-to-date

  • Tailor your resume to suit the job you’re applying for

  • Focus on the positives – your strengths, abilities and achievements

  • Include licence and transport if you have these

  • Proofread – check your spelling and grammar

What should I avoid?

Here are some things to avoid when writing your resume:

You might worry you fall short of the job criteria, but don’t let that stop you! Try turning a weakness into a strength.

Here’s some examples:

“I’m only young!”

I’m keen to work, willing to learn, and looking for an entry-level position.

 

“I just finished school and don’t have any experience”

I did woodwork at school and I know how to use power tools safely.

I did a work experience placement at school and really enjoyed it.  

 

“I’ve never had a proper job”

I did babysitting for friends and family to earn pocket money while I was still at school.

 

“I don’t have any skills”

I’ve played a lot of sport and have great teamwork skills.

 

“I don’t have qualifications”

I’m really good with computers and I’d like to do a traineeship in IT.

 

“I didn’t do well at some of the theory-based subjects at school”

I’m a “hands on” learner who loves practical jobs.

 

“I don’t know what I have to offer”

I’m a reliable young person with a positive attitude and I’m available to start work immediately.